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“BOSCUTTI’S STEVE JOBS” SCENE 135
2011 – APPLE WORLD WIDE DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE – SAN FRANCISCO – MORNING
It’s June. ATTENDEES are settling into their seats. Sounds of Ray Charles’ “What I’d Say” kicking around the vast auditorium.
Apple head of design Jony Ive is walking along the front of the stage to his front row seat. A voice over the sound system asks everyone to switch their electronic devices to silent mode. Sounds of James Brown’s “I Feel Good” fades up then down.
Lights fade down on the stage. Random applause scatters through the audience.
Stage lights fade up as Steve Jobs, 56, steps onto the stage to thunderous applause, excited whistling, standing ovation. Black mock turtleneck, worn jeans, sneakers. Jobs looks frail, incredibly gaunt. Like his legs can hardly carry him.
On the video screen behind him is a giant slide of the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge at dawn.
Attendees are still clapping, many have raised their iPhones and iPads and madly snapping shots of Jobs on stage. Jobs looks a little overwhelmed, smiles.
Jobs points out someone in the audience, beams. More clapping. Jobs clasps his hands together.
Thank you, thank you very much.
Attendees begin to take their seats.
It’s always —
An Attendee calls our from the audience.
We love you —
Some Attendees laugh and cheer. Jobs looks humbled.
Thank you. It always helps. And I appreciate it very much.
Jobs will spend the next thirty-three minutes launching an operating system update, teasing a mobile OS update, and unveiling a new cloud-based service for backing up and syncing documents, photos, and music.
Jobs will thank everyone as he leaves the stage in a wave of applause and admiration.
This will be Jobs’ last public keynote address.